FUEL Soccer Talk: The Importance of SheBelieves; Concacaf Under-17 venue set; Dynamo on display

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SheBelieves Cup and how it transcends soccer

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The U.S. Women’s National Team shared a call to action for young women to set high goals and work to be the best on the field, or in their chosen field, whether it was academics, the arts, finance, technology or wherever their interests led them. The U.S. WNT team lead by example, winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in resounding fashion. In 2016, U.S. Soccer started an elite four-team women’s international tournament and named it the SheBelieves Cup.
Since then, the tournament and the message have grown tremendously. With the support of U.S. Soccer, it’s partners, the fans and of course, the players, SheBelieves has strived to make an impact beyond the soccer field.
US Soccer gave three how SheBelieves and how it transcends soccer. Here is the first one:
1. Leadership
Over the years, powerful leadership has always been a key trait of the U.S. Women’s National Team and the players wants to see fans being leaders in their communities. SheBelieves call on young women to be leaders themselves and to look to female role models for inspiration. To further this mindset, the SheBelieves Hero contest was established in its current form in 2017 to seek out young women who are positively influencing the world around them. In 2018, the Hero was Hollis Belger, who founded Juggling for Jude when she was nine-years-old and has since raised more than $300,000 to fight childhood cancer. The 2019 SheBelieves Hero contest is currently taking nominees and there is still time to nominate a Hero.
Here are the other two reasons:

Why do you think SheBelieves transcends soccer? 

Venue, Dates Confirmed for 2019 Concacaf Under-17 Championship

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The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) is headed to Florida. Organizers announced last week the host venue and dates for the 2019 Concacaf Under-17 Championship. The men’s World Cup qualifying competition, to be hosted at the IMG Academy campus in Bradenton, Fla., will be decided in three rounds of competitions. The first-round qualifiers will be March 16-24 and April 1-9. The finals, both group stage and knockout stage, will be May 1-16.
Unlike the previous format, which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final Championship, the new centralized competition will ensure that all participating teams have an opportunity to play more top-level football matches in a single location.
The participating member associations for the 2019 Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship are (in alphabetical order): Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United States and US Virgin Islands.
An official draw to sort the participating teams into the groups for the qualifying stage and group stage of the final competition will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at 11 a.m., at the Concacaf headquarters in Miami. Fans will be able to follow all the action through
In the previous edition of the Concacaf Men’s Under-17 Championship played in Panama in 2017, Mexico won their third straight title and seventh overall, with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over the United States in the final.
For more on Concacaf:

Can the United States – or anyone – knock out Mexico this year?

Houston has no problem with the Dynamo!

The MLS is back on March 2! The Dynamo recently set in motion this dynamite video to help launch the new season at BBVA Compass Stadium as they host Real Salt Lake. This is just a cool video!!!

What game(s) are you looking forward to seeing in the first week of the 2019 season?

LET’S TALK: OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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